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The photo was taken inside the temple of Luxor, in the large open peristyle court erected by Ramesses II (he reigned between 1279-1212 BC). Both colossal statues (made of black granite) represents Ramesses II seated on the throne flanking the entranceway to the 18th Dynasty processional colonnade that lies beyond. Amenhotep III laid the foundations of the colonnade and was later finished and decorated by the pharaohs Tutankhamun, Ay and Horemheb. The Luxor temple was called by the ancient egyptians the "southern sanctuary" and was linked by a processional way with the temple of Amun at Karnak.

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